American Red Cross Receives $3 Million for Online Volunteer Management System

The American Red Cross has announced a $3 million grant from facilities maintenance supplier W.W. Grainger, Inc. to launch a next-generation volunteer management system.

The Volunteer Connection system will enable volunteers to match their skills and interests to needs across the Red Cross system, while a uniform background check feature will enable the Red Cross to recruit and screen volunteers more efficiently, making it easier for the organization to deploy trained and vetted volunteers quickly in response to disasters.

The Red Cross is piloting the system in nineteen communities and eventually will expand it to chapters nationwide. W.W. Grainger also is the national founding sponsor of the Ready When the Time Comes program, which trains employees of participating organizations as Red Cross disaster volunteers.

"This modern volunteer management system will be good for the Red Cross, good for our volunteers, and, most importantly, good for the communities we serve," said American Red Cross president and CEO Gail J. McGovern. "Volunteer Connection will help mobilize the power of Red Cross volunteers, moving their compassion into action more quickly, and we are grateful for Grainger's support and commitment to the Red Cross."